Over Summer, we asked you ‘what have you always wanted to try?‘. There were many ideas tabled at FINDRA HQ but after our ambassador, Jo Moseley, Paddleboarded the North, paddleboarding became our first new team activity! We immediately contacted Stand Up Paddleboard Scotland and booked in a Saturday morning session and opened it up to FINDRA customers to come along too.
So there we all were – standing in wet suits on a glorious, sunny Saturday morning on the Union Canal just outside of Edinburgh, ready to hop on the boards. Some of us were new to paddleboarding, some of us had done a taster session elsewhere, but we were all full of nervous excitement.
Firstly, the safety briefing and advice on how to get on the board, and how to stand up which for all was the goal! 10 people getting on their paddleboards didn’t take long, but who was going to be the first to stand up?!
Mike (Mr Social Media & Marketing) was first to be up on his feet – he had paddleboarded before after all. Craig from Paddleboard Scotland has noticed it’s often the men who stand up first, not because their sense of balance is better but because they’re not usually flexible enough to hold a kneeling position.
Once we were standing, we gently paddled up and down the canal, practising our turning and stopping. Sadly, Susan and Alex from Team FINDRA fell into the chilly water of the Union Canal, but they made it back onto the boards. Never have they been more grateful for wet suits!
Time flew by and suddenly it was time to make it back to shore. Helen (Team FINDRA) and Mike had spent some time litter picking – sad that it was necessary but a good thing to do.
All our thanks goes to Stand Up Paddleboard Scotland – they were extremely accommodating in getting our group together, and thank you to our lovely customers who joined us on the water. It was such a success (even with the occasional swim) that we might give it another go in spring. Keep your eye out for an event on our Facebook!
If there was nothing stopping you from trying a new activity, what would you try?